An intentional act led to the accidental death of a 21-year-old Hastings College junior Saturday, according to the Howard County Sheriff’s Office.
After an autopsy and investigation, officials have determined Jackson W. Dinsdale of Grand Island died as a result of intentionally cutting off oxygen to his brain with the goal of inducing temporary syncope and euphoria by partially suspending himself with a collar around his neck. Dinsdale went unconscious and was unable to recover, according to the sheriff’s news release.
Investigators found no evidence of alcohol or drugs being involved. There was no evidence that Dinsdale intentionally wanted to harm himself, according to the news release.
Dinsdale was discovered by friends about 11:15 a..m. Saturday on private property owned by Tom Dinsdale near the Middle Loup River east of St. Paul, the release states.
A prayer vigil took place Sunday at French Memorial Chapel on the Hastings College campus. Counseling has been made available to students.
“The entire Hastings College family is saddened by the passing of Jackson Dinsdale,” Hastings College President Don Jackson said in statement Monday released by the college. “He was an active member of the Hastings College community, especially in the art department. We pray for comfort to his family and many friends.”
A memorial service will be held 10 a.m. Thursday at French Memorial Chapel.